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American Cowboy December / January 2009

featured in Escape or Embrace

"We're of two minds when it comes to winter: Take Cover or Take Charge. With our 'Escape or Embrace' travel guide, you get to take your pick."

"Winter. It bring out the true nature in all of us. If you're of the sun-and-fun sort, it'll bring out groans and a desire to stay wrapped up indoors. But you can still break up the the winter doldrums with some travel that'll give you that post-holiday break and keep your cowboy soul with some Western R & R..."


Horse Illustrated January 2009

featured in Paradise Found

"Guided trail rides can be a yawn for exerienced trail riders. Not so at Ricochet Ridge Ranch, thanks to its owner and operator, Lari Shea.

"Shea, 57, isn't your ordinary outfitter. First, there's her impressive endurance-riding career. She's completed almost 5,000 miles in competition to date, with 21 wins out of 85 races, including the grueling Western States One Hundred Miles in One Day Endurance Ride (the Tevis Cup).

"Then there's her teaching background. For 12 years, Shea directed the horsemanship program at the College of the Redwoods, has taught in riding programs for the disabled, produces training seminars that prepare endurance riders to make a run for the Tevis Cup, and gives Ride & Tie clinics four times a year. (Plus, she directs the yearly World Championship Ride & Tie Race.)"


The Trail Rider, January / February 2009

featured in Online Trip-Planning Guide

Dreaming of a riding vacation that delivers all that it promises? You can go online to find and book your dream trip from the comfort of your home. Here, we'll give you a five-step planning guide, with help from The Trail Rider contributors Ben Theyre, and Kent and Charlene Krone, as well as riding tour owners/operators Bayard Fox (Equitours) and Lari Shea (Ricochet Ridge Ranch).

Along the way, we'll show you how to customize your search and avoid pitfalls. We've also included key questions to ask before you put your money down, and what you can do to reduce trip-related risks.


The Trail Rider July / August 2004

featured in Wave Rider

"One of my personal favorite photos shows my Arabian, Gabriel, and me galloping deep in the surf, looking like free spirits. However, it took me twenty minutes to get Gabe into the ocean for that photo. Smart horse! Most horses see no good reason to enter the ocean... there is nothing to eat there, they can't drink the water, and they would be hindered escaping from predators while running in water. And at our Northern California location, the water temperature is only in the high 50's, year round. However, some horses seem to want to head for China the first time they are introduced to the ocean. Not a good idea... since about one in ten horses sinks instead of swims when initially immersed in deep water."


California Tour and Travel, Fall 2002

featured in Swimming with Horses

One of my personal favorite photos shows my Arabian, Gabriel, and me galloping deep in the surf, looking like free spirits. However, it took me twenty minutes to get Gabe into the ocean for that photo. Smart horse! Most horses see no good reason to enter the ocean... there is nothing to eat there, they can't drink the water, and they would be hindered escaping from predators while running in water. And at our Northern California location, the water temperature is only in the high 50's, year round. However, some horses seem to want to head for China the first time they are introduced to the ocean. Not a good idea... since about one in ten horses sinks instead of swims when initially immersed in deep water.


California Tour and Travel, Spring 2002

featured in Kids and the Country in Mendocino

It's spring time! Foals, lambs and seal pups are frolicking everywhere you look in Mendocino County. And chances are, your won kids are bubbling over with energy that could expand and flower if you could only "get outta town!"

It's hard for us country folks to believe, but city, and even suburb children may not really understand where that milk they pour every morning comes from. Yeah, they know it's cow's milk, it doesn't really come from a factory, but they have no intimate knowledge of the process. The usual response on seeing the reality is "oh, gross!" (Let's skip talking about where the beef for their hamburgers originates.) Some city kids would have a hard time answering a question regarding wool and cotton: which comes from an animal and which comes from a plant? OK, so your kids have watched enough Animal Channel to know those answers, but do they know the differences between seals and sea lions? Come to Mendocino County. Free Ranger led eco-tours in our many State Parks will answer these questions and more.





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